Choosing a car seat is the MOST overwhelming purchase a parent has to make, in my opinion. I remember the hours I spent researching infant seats before Emi was born only to rethink, second guess myself, and change my mind countless number of times. Of course it is worth the stress—safety is my number one priority as a parent!! But we can’t pretend like it gets any easier with each “step” up the car seat ladder.
I was lucky enough to work with Chicco, a brand that I had chosen independently to use for my girls, on this blog post about their latest Chicco Nextfit iX Zip Convertible seat. Chicco sent me this awesome seat to use for Isla and we have an older model for Emilia.
I LOVE this seat. The design is sleek; the installation is intuitive and simple. The “zip” feature allows you to remove the cover to wash SO quickly and easily, it truly is a life changer! Chicco makes choosing and installing this seat so easy, I have recommended it to all my friends and now am sharing with all of you!
Another thing that I love about Chicco is their website. Their How to Choose a Car Seat page makes it very clear which seat is right for your child. Chicco also has a very important and easy to comprehend Car Seat Safety page. This page talks about the importance of installing your car seat correctly every time (something the Nextfit makes very simple). Furthermore, Chicco gives you tips for buckling correctly and transitioning to the next seat. They also talk about the dangers of bulky coats and car seats—in my opinion, an often overlooked danger.
Finally, Chicco also talks about the importance of extended rear-facing, which is a topic I am SO passionate about! Did you know that the AAP changed their recommendation regarding rear facing and now recommends that children ride rear facing as long as possible? Per the AAP, “All infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat (CSS) as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their CSS’s manufacturer. Most convertible seats have limits that will permit children to ride rear-facing for 2 years or more.” (Source: AAP’s Child Passenger Safety)
You heard it here, 2 years or more, until they outgrow the height and weight limit on their car seat!!! This means for average size children, many can ride rear facing until 4! In our home, we transitioned Emilia forward at age 4 and she promptly asked to be turned back around. She rides rear facing at the age of 4 and 10 months and is well within the car seat’s weight and height limits for rear facing.
I want to thank Chicco for gifting us this amazing convertible seat to use for Isla for many more years!